Yesterday, vocalist Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch spoke out about the ongoing crisis in the country, and today his guitarist, Zoltan Bathory offered his opinion on the death of George Floyd and the resulting protests.
While most protests around the country were peaceful, there were tons of reports of looting, and troubling footage of confrontations between protestors and police officers. Late last night, Zoltan chimed in with these words:
"Being a long time supporter of 1st responders – I Got a few messages asking 'if I still support them after all this' [?] Yes… I support the constitution, truth, justice, human rights and our civil liberties and I support all those who defend it. I support the kind of Police, who – just like the rest of us – are disgusted by the actions of that POS murderer and his colleagues who were assisting or standing idle – they tarnished the badge, violated the oath – and without a question they murdered George. No sane person can watch that video without disgust and absolute fucking Rage. Justice needs to be Served 1000% to its full extent for all involved. The absolute maximum and then some.
"However, don't let politically motivated goons hijack your emotions, push you where you should not go , and divide this nation even further. Focus on the guilty and focus on the problem – and the solution of the problem. Beating up innocents, robbing their stores, setting communities on fire have nothing to do with justice, and certainly isn't done in the honor of Georg Floyd – don't join the senseless violent mob – they are not helping – they are not here for YOU – and they make all of this much much worse. Oh…. And to some blue checkmarks and media jackasses who were instigating and fanning the flame, may you rot in hell – now there is blood on your hands too"
Bathory is an advocate for Nevada's Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF), a fund set up to assist officers who are injured on the job or family members left behind by an officer who died. The band have supported multiple charitable causes for military and first responders.